If there was one thing she was sure about
It was his love
He told her so
He would say “I love you so much” or “You are the joy of my life”
Sometimes he would even hint at marriage, he would say “I desperately want to marry you, but...”
She loved him desperately!
How could she not?
He was a rich man, an international businessman
She was a lowly salesgirl
Yet he paid attention to her
She remembered the day he gave her a ride
Right after she closed from work
She didn’t know what to think
What did he want?
He drove her all the way home, noticed she was living in a slum and swung into action
Within a week, he had rented a better apartment for her and she had become his official mistress
She was young and single
He was ten years older than her and married
The irony of it all was that she was his wife's salesgirl
That was where he first met her
His wife’s supermarket
That was why she got into his car the day he offered her a ride
She thought it would be rude to refuse his offer, she didn’t want to lose her job
She had absolutely no problem sleeping with him
It earned her extra cash and gave her a sense of security
He was also quite generous
Sometimes he would tell his wife he was travelling just to spend some days with her
His wife had absolutely no idea what was going on
He was a master strategist
He told her the dos and don’ts of their relationship
She wouldn’t dare misbehave
She knew where she was coming from
She knew where she wanted to be
He was the only person in her life who could get her to her destination as quickly as possible
At the moment, he had transformed her life vividly and things could only get better
She went to work on time, did everything to please her boss, and made sure she kept her head low
His wife was so impressed by her humility and dedication that the supermarket was practically handed over to her
She had everything she ever wanted minus one
She had left the slum, had a good roof over her head, a job and a man
The only but was…
The man wasn’t really hers
He belonged to another and she could never have him
She broached the subject with him
“You said you love me, you said you would have married me! Why don’t you divorce your wife and be with me”
He looked at her as if she had suggested something despicable and left her house
She begged him for several weeks before he came back
Since then, she never even dared to think about such a thing!
But it baffled her
How could he love her and not want to be with her?
How could he persistently complain that he didn’t love his wife and yet refuse to leave her?
She thought about it for a long time
Eventually she went to see her mother
She told her the whole story
How she met a helper who had been a blessing to her
How things could even be better but for the fact that the man was trapped in a loveless marriage
She knew the man wanted to be with her
If only his wife was out of the picture
Her mother didn’t know what to say
All they had known for many generations was poverty
Her daughter seemed poised to break the yoke of poverty over their family
And yet the man was married!
The man was miserable in his marriage
Her daughter was miserable because she cannot be with the man
The man’s wife was the only problem here
If they can find a way to unseat his wife, her daughter and the man would be together!
Misery would be a thing of the past
Poverty would be a thing of the past
“Was it not said that the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent taketh it by force?”
If they refuse to take a stand and breakthrough that moment, they may remain in poverty perpetually!
She told her daughter as much
When her daughter was leaving, she gave her daughter a substance
“Find a way to get this into His wife’s food! She must be the only one to eat it!”
Her daughter was elated
She had taken the first step into the threshold of prosperity
When she got to the supermarket the following day
His wife told her she had employed a new house maid
The previous one left rather abruptly
The new housemaid was only 13 years old, she couldn’t speak pidgin English very well yet
The only language she understood was her local dialect
His wife couldn’t speak the dialect
The good news was the new housemaid was from the salesgirl’s village
Would the salesgirl be willing to come home with her after work to help the new housemaid settle down?
She went home with his wife
She spoke with the housemaid
Promised her heaven and earth if she could run an errand for her
She gave the new housemaid the substance her mother gave her
“Put it in your madam’s food”
The new housemaid got the gist!
Later that evening, as she was preparing to leave, he arrived!
He was supposed to be on his way to a business meeting but after waiting for hours at the airport, the flight was cancelled!
His wife welcomed him
He freshened up, came to the dinning for his dinner
Housemaid served their food
They sat down to eat
She watched enviously from the sitting room
They ate, their three children also ate
Then the drama began
His wife’s tummy was on fire
His tummy was on fire
The children’s tummy were on fire
Housemaid had put the substance in the whole pot
His wife started vomiting blood
He started vomiting blood
The children fainted
“You this girl, what have you done!” she screamed at the housemaid
The housemaid stood there! Transfixed! Totally at sea as to what was going on
Neighbours heard the commotion, they rushed in
The family was rushed to the hospital
Only the children survived
Housemaid pointed at her
She pointed at her mother
Her mother pointed at poverty
Poverty pointed at death
PS: This story happened in Aba in 2009
Housemaid and salesgirl had since been in police custody
Cheating, like death, is very exciting!